Traditional Burial  
Preplanning   
Schedule of Charges  
Cremation  
Markers and Memorials  

Traditional Burial

Choose from individual and family lots available throughout our meticulously maintained grounds set in a park-like setting endowed with lush gardens, enduring monuments and old-world charm.

Options

For families interested in an upright monument on a family lot or a personal family mausoleum, a minimum of six sites is necessary. Our memorial advisors would be happy to show you available locations.

Prices for graves are the same for every location in our cemetery. Memorial prices vary dependent upon type and size chosen. Fresh flowers and other seasonal adornments are always welcome and will be cleared by our staff for your convenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is There a Time Limit After a Death for a Person to be Buried?

States have different laws, some limit the maximum time before final disposition. Things that must be considered: securing official permits and authorizations, notifying friends and family, preparation of the burial site and religious requirements. Your funeral director will be well versed on these and other regulations.

What About Embalming – Is It Required?
No. Embalming is a matter of choice. Your decision will be influenced by several factors: 1. length of time between death and burial; 2. the deceased's appearance in an open casket for public viewing or private viewing by family members; 3. transportation of the body by plane or train.

What Are "Opening and Closing Fees?"
Fees for "Opening and Closing" cover the cost of many separate services performed by cemetery personnel. They include administering and permanent record keeping which encompasses the determination of ownership, obtaining necessary permission and completing all other necessary documents, including entering the interment details in the interment register and maintaining all legal files. The fees also include actually opening and closing the grave. We locate and lay out the boundaries of the grave, excavate and fill the space. We also install and remove the lowering device, place and remove artificial grass at the grave site, level, tamp, re-grade and seed the grave site, and level and re-seed it again if the earth settles.

What is a Burial Vault?
A burial vault is the outside container into which the casket itself is placed. It is designed to protect the casket and keep the grave surface from sinking. Burial vaults vary and can be built of one or more of the following materials: concrete, stainless steel, galvanized steel, copper, bronze, plastic and fiberglass. Greenwood Historic Cemetery requires the use of a burial vault. The vault is selected at the funeral home.

May I Make the Necessary Arrangements in Advance?
Yes. You can make all arrangements in advance. Planning ahead lets you consider the options you prefer and make the decisions about your funeral, your cemetery arrangements and memorial. They will be meaningful decisions that will give you peace of mind, knowing that you have relieved your loved ones of the emotional and financial burden of having to make decisions in their time of grief. It's also a wise economic choice, because you purchase at today's prices, free from future inflationary pressures.

When I Buy a Grave, Do I Receive a Deed?
No. The purchase of a grave is really a purchase of the right to designate who may be buried in that grave, and what kind of memorial you want, subject to what the cemetery's rules permit. You're not really purchasing the land or the actual grave. They remain the property and responsibility of the cemetery.

Preplanning

greenwood_monument_webWhen it comes to planning for your future, prearranging your final arrangements is one of the most considerate and practical plans you can make. Not only do you relieve your family of emotional and financial stress during their time of grief; you are able to make choices with which you are comfortable.

There are, however, many important factors to consider when deciding to preplan. At Greenwood Historic Cemetery, memorial advisors will be happy and able to answer all your questions directly and clearly.

Questions to Consider

Why should I preplan a memorialization?
You probably have already taken steps to prepare for a death in the family by making a will and taking out a life insurance policy. Preplanning your memorialization is simply the next step to completing your plans. By preplanning, you are making the wise decision to ensure that all of the emotional and financial details are in order for your burial. You relieve your family of a difficult decision in their time of grief and save a substantial amount of money by taking advantage of today’s prices.

What does preplanning involve?
Preplanning allows you to arrange and pay for burial needs in advance, providing you with the opportunity to make the choices that are right for you. You make the important decision regarding traditional burial, above ground entombment or cremation. You choose the location. And you can control the cost, spending as much or as little as you deem necessary.

Will preplanning really make it easier on my family?
Definitely! Your family will not be faced with the uncertainty of whether or not they are carrying out your wishes. Preplanning also helps avoid “emotional overspending,” an expensive situation many families face when they need to make immediate decisions at a highly stressful time.

How will preplanning save me money?
When you preplan at today’s prices, you protect your family from future increases, conserving their financial resources. You pay today’s costs instead of prices that will be in effect ten, twenty or even fifty years from now.

Why is it important to have a memorial in a cemetery?

A memorial serves as a tribute, honoring past generations, acknowledging history and remembering one’s life and passing. We believe that it’s vital to provide a permanent tribute so that future generations may remember our ancestors who have passed on and reflect upon our history.

I’m planning on cremation. Do I still need a burial plan?
Cremation is a popular choice for its simplicity, dignity and affordability. Yet there are still many decisions. Cremated remains may be placed in a traditional burial plot or above ground in a mausoleum niche.

Isn’t a memorial something my family is supposed to take care of? Should it really be up to me to decide?
A memorial is a personal reflection of one’s life. Preplanning gives you and your family the time to think about and discuss the memorialization that will be most meaningful.

Schedule of Charges, Fees, Bonds and Insurance 

Greenwood Cemetery (126-26)

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Grave space accommodating one full burial or three cremations $3,000.00
AdditionalRights of Burial for cremated remains, each $750.00
Grave space accommodating two cremated remains $2,000.00
Grave space accommodating one cremated remains $1,000.00
 Administrative fee for transfer of grave ownership $150.00
Interment and disinterment fees:  
     Cremation $750.00
     Full Burial $1,400.00
Foundation charges for markers & monuments:  
     Foundation Installment - per linear foot $125.00
Marker or monument resets:  
     Foundation installation charge as per above schedule, plus an
     hourly charge for removal of old foundation
 
Weekend, holiday, and overtime interments. This fee in addition to the normal interment fee charged during regular working hours. $400.00

Cremation

The options for handling your cremated remains are many. You may decide to be embalmed and have a casket, full service and viewing hours with cremation being performed after a funeral service. You may choose to have your remains scattered or placed in an urn of your choosing for burial in a traditional plot or placement in a mausoleum niche.

Options
The simplicity, dignity and affordability of cremation has made it a popular choice among followers of most faiths.

Cremated remains may also be buried in a family lot, or in any private lot throughout our cemetery. Cenotaph plaques, memorializing loved ones whose remains are located elsewhere, are also available on family lots.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cremation?
Cremation involves placing the deceased in a special chamber in a building called a crematorium and incinerating the body at high temperatures for several hours until it is reduced to a fine white powder. Because of its simplicity, dignity and affordability, cremation is the most popular option to the traditional funeral and burial.

How Prevalent is it?
Cremation has seen a steady rise in acceptance in the US over the past four decades among people of all backgrounds and faiths. In 1960 cremation accounted for less than 4% of American final arrangements, but today the rate is over 25%.

Do I Need a Casket if I'm Being Cremated?
With cremation, neither a casket nor embalming is generally required. However, you can always choose to be embalmed, and have a casket, full service and viewing hours. Cremation can be performed without a service or done before or after a funeral service. Cremated remains may be scattered, kept at home, buried in a cemetery, or kept in a columbarium, a structure containing niches into which urns are placed.

Why is Cremation Becoming More Popular?
One factor is our increased mobility. People often live away from family and would prefer to have their remains “closer to home,” where they have a stronger attachment, and where family and friends may visit. Many retirees who don't feel a strong attachment to Florida, for example, would just as soon reside in an easy-to-ship, easy-to-store urn back in Michigan. The options with cremation are also continually expanding. Perhaps a person would like to be remembered in two places at once, or have their remains encased in molten glass objets d'art, or crafted into jewelry. Some people are even having their cremated remains launched into space. Literally, the sky's the limit.

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Foundation/Marker Information
Foundations Foundations will be poured April to November, weather dependent, as determined by the Superintendent. Requests received after November 1st will be held until conditions allow for installation.

Fees for foundations
$125.00  per linear foot
*Please note: Only flush markers are allowed in section F-North and on any new grave spaces purchased after August 11, 2015.

Greenwood Historic Cemetery is a place of diversity in the range and scope of the artistic memorials that have been placed here to honor those at rest. More than designating a burial location, memorials serve as a reminder and a celebration of the life of a loved one. From lawn level markers on individual graves, to family monuments, each memorial at Greenwood can be customized to a family’s wishes. You may choose from an array of sizes and styles offered from a selection of top quality manufacturers. Using the finest materials, available in a variety of shades and colors, your memorial can be personalized with a meaningful statement and design. An experienced advisor will review the variety of choices available so that you can create a memorial that will be a lasting tribute for you and your loved ones.

Purchase a Grave Site  
To Purchase Grave Spaces Contact Cheri Arcome at 248.928.4094 or by email arcome02@gmail.com .